NFL Draft Stock Report Week 4
WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Each week it seems a different wide receiver steps up and makes their case for the #1 spot at the position. This week was no different as Christian Kirk went off against Arkansas in an SEC barn burner. Kirk racked up 136 yards receiving and a touchdown on just three catches, he also added a 100 yard kick return touchdown as well in the Aggies 50-43 overtime victory. Kirk was a big name recruit who saw immediate success as a true freshman where he had over 1,000 yards receiving. Smaller in stature but dynamic with the ball in this hands Kirk looks a lot like Patriot’s stud wideout Brandin Cooks. Quite possibly the most explosive wideout in the nation Kirk also has value as a return man sporting six career return touchdowns.
RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Entering the season Saquon Barkley was thought to be one of the top two running backs in the nation alongside LSU back Derrius Guice. Through four weeks Barkley has cemented his place as not only the top running back but arguably the best prospect in the nation. His monster showing against Iowa this weekend was just the latest showcase of Barkley’s insane talent. Barkley ran for 211 yard and added another 94 receiving yards against a stingy Hawkeye’s defense to bring his season totals to 518 rushing and an eye popping 335 receiving through four games. Barkley may be as complete a back as we have seen in many years and should be in play for the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft.
RB Bryce Love, Stanford
There might not be a hotter player in the nation than Stanford running back Bryce Love. Through four games Love has 787 yards rushing for a whopping per game average of 196 yards! The Cardinal back is averaging over ten yards a carry and has found the endzone five times this season since taking over for Stanford legend Christian McCafferey. Against California Love went off carrying the ball thirty times for 263 yards. While Love is a bit on the smaller side his explosiveness and athleticism make him an intriguing prospect who was not well known before the season began.
DE Bradley Chubb, NC State
N.C. State was a trendy pick in the ACC entering this season thanks in part to a very stout defense. The undisputed leader of this defense, Chubb turned in a stellar performance in the Wolfpack’s upset victory over Florida State. The senior defensive end recorded five tackles including two sacks all while basically living in the Seminole backfield. Building off of a 10.5 sack junior season Chubb has recorded 3.5 sacks so far this season. If he continues to perform at this level Chubb could be in the running for the top senior EDGE player in the 2018 draft, a position held by fellow ACC stud Harold Landry on Boston College.
QB Nick Fitzgerald, Mississippi State
A week removed from dismantling an LSU defense loaded with NFL talent Fitzgerald and Mississippi State barely even showed up for their game with Georgia. Fitzgerald was wildly ineffective as both a passer and a runner throwing for only 82 yards and two interceptions and adding a mere 47 yards on the ground. While this game was particularly disappointing Fitzgerald has not been the playmaker that he was last year. His completion percentage is down and his threat as a runner has been basically non-existent. Seen by some as a potential early round prospect entering this season it appears Fitzgerald would do well to return for his senior season at this point.